Microsoft launches ARM-powered Windows 10 PCs

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"After you will be using this latest grouping or the category of the computer which can right away on, always connected with a week of battery life and the full Windows 10 experience, you can really feel what a big shift this will be for consumers." wrote by Terry Myerson in the article. For starters, while you will be able to download and install most 32-bit exe files to ARM-powered devices, 64-bit apps are not yet supported. All of Windows itself has been recompiled to run natively on ARM and Microsoft's Office team has made optimizations for the processor architecture.

Microsoft assures that there will be more companies coming on board; the OS developer itself will nearly surely use it to resurrect the non-Pro Surface line.

The wait is almost over for PCs that are powered by Qualcomm's Arm-based Snapdragon mobile processors and can run full versions of Windows 10. They will have built-in 4G LTE connectivity and longer battery life of up to 20 hours.According to Microsoft, the Always Connected PCs are nearly a cultural shift, enabling teams to work effectively with better security and lower costs.

The clear disadvantage to Windows on Snapdragon is raw computing power. Qualcomm further perfected the Snapdragon chips, and the 845 platform will be even better suited for mobile experiences on laptops.

The Snapdragon 835 isn't comparable with Apple's A10X and A11 Bionic chips.

In case you thought that the above sentence was a typo, it's not.

These new laptops are offering the built-in LTE which develops a connectivity of the longer battery life than x86 PCs.

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This a chart provided by Qualcomm detailing speeds for launching and or installing typical Windows apps. Since apps on the Microsoft store were originally created to run on both x86 and ARM processors, there's no problems there.

What kind of Windows systems are getting Snapdragon chips?

Currently, Windows on Snapdragon devices all look to be some type of 2-in-1, whether its something with a 360-degree rotating hinge like the 33cm Asus NovaGo, or a Surface Pro-like detachable such as HP's Envy x2.

"OEMs across the geographic, price and design ranges have a rich pipeline of devices that will begin to hit the shelves in early 2018, and we're grateful for the innovation of our OEM and silicon partners to help make this a reality", Microsoft's white paper stated. Microsoft first announced the Asus NovaGo, it will be the world's first Gigabit LTE convertible laptop.

Asus NovaGo starts at $599 and goes all the way up to $899. That said, there are a number of fanless x86 Windows laptops, so that's not exactly a unique advantage. It will be available in US, CN, IT, UK, FR, DE and TW.

Asus had not revealed much about the pricing - the 4G RAM and 64GB storage model will cost $499, while the 8GB RAM and 256GB storage model will cost $799. One small annoyance is that both systems will come with Windows 10S installed by default, though there will be a free one-time upgrade to full Windows 10 if you want. Meanwhile, the detachable HP Envy X2 will probably be priced closer to $1,319 because while it has a similar 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, it also comes with an included Windows Ink Certified Pen and a magnetic folding keyboard.